When you are listening to public funded radio, the subject matter is often deep and grim. For example, right now I am listening to a report about a public inquiry being launched to investigate money laundering in British Columbia. My beloved home province is apparently a seething pit of illegal financial activities which have contributed to homelessness and the opioid crisis. Well, that’s terrible.
If I choose a Pinot Noir, melancholic and complex, I think that I would be emotionally paralyzed pretty quickly. If I were to go with a peppery Syrah, I would be writing incendiary op-ed pieces for my local newspaper. And nobody wants that.
I believe that a dry, fruity Pinot Gris is the perfect balance for NPR/CBC. Why? It is optimistic. Hester Creek Pinot Gris has enough balancing acidity to save it from Pollyannaism but enough lush mid-warm fruit to let you know that there are also things in life that are good and do not require a public inquiry.
Hester Creek is in a warm – hot growing area where the light white wines can get stone and even tropical notes. It is situated on The Golden Mile, just south of where I live in the Oganagan Valley, BC, Canada.
Here are the tasting notes that you can expect in a glass of the 2018 version. Note: 2018 had a cool fall and these grapes were harvested in late September. This cool weather allows the fruit to retain acidity while the hot summer developed lush apple and pear fruits.